Audit Funding program 

Learn how you can help your customers better understand their energy use and discover opportunities for savings, with available incentives to offset up to half of the cost.

An energy audit – conducted by qualified, experienced professionals – will help your customers understand how they are using energy.

Eligibility

What kinds of businesses can receive incentives for audits?

  • Commercial buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and warehouses;
  • Institutional buildings, such as hospitals, schools, universities, colleges, government and civic buildings;
  • Industrial buildings, such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses;
  • Multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) and condominiums; and
  • Agricultural facilities, such as dairy, swine or poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries.

Knowledge Centre

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Here's how it works

An energy audit is a great first step for your customers to discover how they're using their energy, so they can make the right investments in equipment upgrades. You can deliver value by letting your customers know how to get funding for these audits.

1. Find a qualified energy auditor

Your customer should contact their local hydro company to discuss options for an energy audit. The energy auditor your customer finds to perform the assessment must be at least one of the following:

  • A professional engineer licensed to practice in Ontario (P.Eng.), a certified engineering technologist (CET), a certified energy manager, or a certified measurement and verification professional with at least three years of relevant experience evaluating energy systems in buildings;
  • An engineer-in-training under the supervision of a P.Eng. or CET only if a qualified and experienced person as described above certifies and signs the Audit Report;
  • A certified member of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) or National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), where a Building Systems Audit involves balancing water systems or balancing air systems;
  • A Building Energy Assessment Professional, as designated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers;
  • A Certified Energy Manager as designated by the Association of Energy Engineers;
  • An individual who conducts a Building System Audit for a compressed air system, has completed the following courses sponsored by the Compressed Air Challenge: (A) Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Level 1), and (B) Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems (Level 2).

2. Complete the energy audit application

Your customer must complete the energy audit application and participant agreement (available from their local hydro company) and ensure the minimum requirements are captured during the energy audit. Your customer must get pre-approval from the local hydro company before starting the audit. 

3. Proceed with the audit

4. Submit the post-energy audit documents

Your customer must complete and provide the post-energy audit submission to their local hydro company; this includes the energy audit report, and the energy auditor invoice. The hydro company will verify the savings and results and issue a cheque based on the audit type and costs.

Did you know that you can act as your customer's auditor if you have the right credentials? Check out certification incentives on the Training and Support page.

What kinds of audits do the incentives cover?

Incentives can cover up to 50 per cent of the assessment cost, as follows:

  

How are incentives calculated?

See a step-by-step example for an electricity survey and analysis audit.

Getting started

Enter your customer's postal code below to find their local program provider.

Note that some postal code areas are served by more than one hydro company.